Adam Duvall, Tyler Holt bookend Reds' win

Adam Duvall, Tyler Holt bookend Reds' win

PHOENIX -- Adam Duvall had three hits for the Reds, including a long, two-run home run, and Chris Carter hit his third homer for the Brewers as the teams battled back and forth Friday at Maryvale Baseball Park. The Reds ultimately prevailed, 7-6.

Carter hit a solo home run in the fourth inning, Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a tying triple in the fifth and Rymer Liriano lifted a go-ahead sacrifice fly in the sixth as part of a middle-inning comeback for the Brewers, who had won four of their previous five games.

Nieuwenhuis' RBI triple

But the Reds quickly tied the game at 5 in the seventh inning on Jake Cave's two-out single.

Cave's RBI single ties the game

Duvall, a candidate for Cincinnati's left field vacancy who manned third base in this game, homered to cap the Reds' three-run first inning. Joey Votto also delivered an RBI single in the inning, but all three runs were unearned against Brewers starter Chase Anderson because of an error charged to left fielder Ryan Braun.

"He was really locked in today," Reds manager Bryan Price said of Duvall. "That's one of the components that makes him so attractive to make our ballclub. It's a combination of the power with the ability he's shown this year, to not just pull, but he's done a nice job of shooting some balls to right field and right-center.

"Then, getting another day over there at third base, I think, builds more confidence [in], I'm sure, his own ability to play the position, but also ours, in his ability to play the position, with flexibility being the key for our roster."

Votto's RBI single

Playing his second Cactus League game, Braun dropped a fly ball at the warning track in left-center field to extend the inning. Braun reclaimed one of those runs with an RBI double amid Milwaukee's two-run rally in the bottom of the first inning.

Braun's RBI double

Jay Bruce also drove in a run to support Reds starter -- and potential Opening Day pitcher -- Anthony DeSclafani, who was staked to leads of 3-0 and 4-2 before receiving a no-decision. He was charged with four earned runs on six hits in 4 2/3 innings, with one walk and seven strikeouts.

Anderson was charged with four runs (one earned) on seven hits in four innings, and he has surrendered 12 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings this spring. Left-hander Franklin Morales made his Brewers debut in the fifth inning and worked around a two-out walk and a single in a scoreless frame.

Up next for the Reds: Raisel Iglesias will be making his second start of spring as he tries to catch up and get ready for the regular season when the Reds travel to Mesa to meet the A's on Saturday at 4:05 p.m. ET on Gameday Audio. Billy Hamilton, Jose Peraza and Eugenio Suarez will also be on the trip for Cincinnati.

Up next for the Brewers: Scooter Gennett is scheduled to get his first spring reps at second base when the Brewers travel to Tempe on Saturday to play the Angels at 3:10 p.m. CT on MLB.TV. Gennett, slowed by a sore throwing shoulder this spring, debuted as the Brewers' designated hitter on Thursday night and singled, doubled and homered in three plate appearances. He'll man second behind Brewers starter Wily Peralta.

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